Project Reason Calls For Secular Justice
Sam Harris announces Project Reason’s support to “Bring the Pope to Justice.”
The evidence suggests that the misery of these children was facilitated and concealed by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church at every level, up to and including the prefrontal cortex of the current Pope. In his former capacity as Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict personally oversaw the Vatican’s response to reports of sexual abuse in the Church. What did this wise and compassionate man do upon learning that his employees were raping children by the thousands? Did he immediately alert the police and ensure that the victims would be protected from further torments? One still dares to imagine such an effulgence of basic human sanity might have been possible, even within the Church. On the contrary, repeated and increasingly desperate complaints of abuse were set aside, witnesses were pressured into silence, bishops were praised for their defiance of secular authority, and offending priests were relocated only to destroy fresh lives in unsuspecting parishes. It is no exaggeration to say that for decades (if not centuries) the Vatican has met the formal definition of a criminal organization, devoted not to gambling, prostitution, drugs, or any other venial sin, but to the sexual enslavement of children.
This isn’t an atheistic cause, the Catholic Andrew Sullivan has been the most vigilant mainstream blogger focused on shedding light on the horrors within his own Church. I’m technically a confirmed Catholic myself. Although, my disagreements with Catholic dogma are too numerous to go over here, it still saddens me to see a Church which was good to me continue to defend the most defenseless and evil acts imaginable.